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Daily Links for Thursday, April 28

Thanks for all of you who had nice things to say about the Sabres season mini-recap we posted yesterday -- I was amazed by the number of positive thoughts with almost no negativity. But with locker clean-out today, we officially enter the off-season, and the most exciting one possibly ever for Sabres fans. Make sure to check in to DBTB often, as we'll have plenty of things to talk about in Terry Pegula's first off-season, and we've got plenty of links today to make up for yesterday.

Sabres' locker cleaning coming Thursday - Sabres Edge
The Sabres official end to the season -- locker clean-out day -- will be Thursday, with the players heading to HSBC Arena to pack up their gear for the summer.

Turning point? Sabres have sixth sense - The Buffalo News
This edition of the Buffalo Sabres will enter HSBC Arena for the final time today.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2010-11 Buffalo Sabres - Puck Daddy
Flyers Goal Scored By says goodbye to the Sabres.

Enroth, Mancari, Ellis back with Portland - Sabres Edge
The playoffs will continue for three Sabres, with goaltender Jhonas Enroth and forwards Mark Mancari and Matt Ellis returning to Portland today.

Overreactions, Playoff Edition: Game 7 - 3rd Man In
Eric gives a fine recap of Game Seven.

More Sabres Links:

Bourne Blog: Flyers dominant, Sabres hopeless in Game 7 - Puck Daddy
Justin Bourne gives his thoughts on Game Seven.

A "Thank You Sabres/Thank You Pegula" Rally? - buffalo74
Anybody up for some positive vibes?

About That Game 7… - The Willful Caboose
Kate gives some excuses for Game Seven. Oh, and some thoughts on a few hot button issues.

The Kids are Alright - Top Shelf
Heather compares the Sabres to the Pittsburgh Pirates. You know, when the Pirates were good.

May You Live In Interesting Times - Shutdown Pair
Well, this had to be one of the most interesting Sabres seasons in recent memory.

A Game 7 Story - Hockey Rhetoric
I think it would probably be an understatement to say the Sabres forwards as a group were very nonthreatening in Game 7.

Ryan Miller ought to be furious - It's Always Game Seven
Miller rarely got to play with the lead in this series, a huge advantage for goalies, and as soon as the Sabres built one up for him, they let their guard down shortly after. 

What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been - Dear God Why Us Sports
Another post with thoughts from Game Seven.


NHL Links:

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals Schedule -
Games start again on Thursday. Hey, that's today!

First impressions of 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 - Puck Daddy
One of the best opening rounds in Stanley Cup Playoffs history is complete. Here are some preliminary thoughts about Round 2.

Bruins beat Habs 4-3 in OT to win Game 7 -
Nathan Horton notched the game-winning goal in overtime to propel the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Lightning complete comeback by beating Penguins -
Sean Bergenheim scored the game's only goal as the Tampa Bay Lightning prevailed in Pittsburgh with a 1-0 Game 7 win over the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Wednesday night.

Datsyuk up against Kesler, Toews in Selke voting -
Three-time reigning champ Pavel Datsyuk is up for the award again, but faces stiff competition from Ryan Kesler and newcomer Jonathan Toews.

Top 10: First round impact players - THN
We count down the top performers from what has been an incredible first round of playoff hockey.